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Cologne Go-Bio Initial Booster

Many good ideas evolve during scientific research. But until an idea becomes a market-ready product, it usually takes a long and costly path.

Most programs to fund research and development require a great deal of preliminary work, which is typically not the case at the early stages of an innovation process. At the beginning, there is often only a general idea and some experimental validation.

The Go-Bio initial funding program therefore is a great opportunity for these projects at the "fuzzy front-end of science", to be advanced to a level where they become eligible for other more established funding programs.

The GO-Bio initial funding is provided in two stages.

The first stage is an initial conceptual period during which an idea for potential commercial exploitation and an implementing strategy are to be developed. This stage is focused mainly on non-experimental work. Funding of 100.000€ is provided to individual projects for up to 12 months . Deadline: 15.02.02024

This is followed by a feasibility stage during which the development work is taken to the proof-of-principle stage. Funding of up to 1. Mio € is provided to individual and collaborative projects for up to 24 months.

The application is a 5-page outline with a strong focus on the application potential of the innovation.

Website Go-Bio Initial:

Based on our experience of the past two years, we created a "Go-Bio Initial support programme", which will cover info events, a guideline, short grant writing workshops, and invididual feedback sessions.

With this programme, we want to enable and support young researchers to successfully apply for Go-Bio Initial and receive their first independent funding to progress their fuzzy academic research ideas towards application and learn about R&D and business development.


Module 1 - Information Event

(InnoDom Cologne, Weyertal 109, Floor 1-Room 3, 50931 Cologne & Online)

On October, 24th, 12 – 1 pm, we will have an information event where we will introduce the Go-Bio Initial programme together with Prof. Dr. Entschladen from Provendis. We will also have a researcher of the University of Cologne on-site, who has already received the funding, and will give insights about the application process.

The event will take place on-site at Innodom Cologne, but will also be streamed via Zoom Webinar, for those who cannot attend in person.

For everyone being on-site, there will be the possibility to have short 1:1 slots to discuss subject-specific questions.

Link to Zoom Webinar: 

No registration is needed.


Module 2 - Workshop

(InnoDom Cologne, Weyertal 109, Floor 1-Room 3, 50931 Cologne)

On November, 21st, 12 – 2 pm we will have a workshop, where we will work together on your application. We will give tips on how to identify the potential use-case for your research and on how to write the application. The workshop will be on-site at Innodom Cologne.

If you are interested in joining the workshop, please send us an e-mail.